Jebb Sinclair admits some of his teammates at London Irish are not the most gifted when it comes to growing facial appendages – but that’s not stopping them from spreading the Movember word.
Premiership Rugby has announced a new and exciting partnership with the Movember Foundation, designed to improve the physical and mental health of rugby fans across the country and contribute to the vital fundraising efforts of the charity.
The new relationship sees the men's health foundation become an official charity partner of Premiership Rugby.
Central to the new partnership is to support the UK fundraising efforts, dedicated to changing the face of men’s health in Movember, the month formerly known as November.
Premiership Rugby is running an Aviva Premiership Rugby league table with a ‘Mo Captain’ from each of the 12 clubs. Fans are being encouraged to join, support and donate to their teams by clicking here.
And Canada lock Sinclair insists the likes of Scott Steele and Alex Lewington need no encouragement to show off their – lack of – moustaches.
“It’s more than half way through the month and my moustache is as disgusting as you could imagine!” said Exiles Mo captain Sinclair. “I always start with the handlebars, and depending how well they grow in I might keep them the whole time or shave them down to a traditional moustache.
“I’ve slowly got a group of boys together, a few of them have to let their whole face grow for a few weeks before you can see anything. It was pretty slim pickings to start with!
“I think Steeley (Scott Steele) has been growing his moustache for 18 months and still can’t see it – he claims he doesn’t even own a razor and that’s as good as he gets, he’s got about eight hairs on his chin.
“His is terrible, same with Lewy (Alex Lewington). I think he’s got six or seven on the corners of his mouth and that’s just about it.”
At the heart of the partnership will be the new MOVE like a Pro initiative, launching in January, which offers rugby fans the opportunity to take part in a 12-week programme at their local Premiership Rugby club to increase health and wellbeing of fans at hour-long sessions using clubs' training staff and facilities to exercise and receive expert guidance.
The MOVE like a Pro programme will be part of Premiership Rugby's award-winning BreakThru community campaign and it's at the heart of the Movember Foundation's ongoing strategy to change the face of men's health.
And Sinclair, who is no stranger to charitable deeds, believes rugby players can prove that there is nothing unmanly about tackling men’s health.
“In 2009 or 10 when I was with Canada we did a calendar shoot, so if you look really hard on Google you’ll find some of my topless moustache pics that are up there among the most disturbing pictures you’ll ever see!” added Sinclair. “We raised quite a few thousand dollars back in the day.
“Men are certainly not the best at talking about these things. But when you’re looking at rugby players – who are supposed to be more masculine – are looking after their health and getting their prostate checked, then they can do it too and it might save a lot of heartache down the road.”
To donate to the London Irish Movember team, please click here